The Name of Jesus

There’s just something about the name of Jesus, isn’t there?

I love how Bill and Gloria Gaither put it:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
 Like a fragrance after the rain
… Let all heaven and earth proclaim
Kings and kingdoms may all pass away
But there’s something about that name
© 1970 William J. Gaither, Inc. 

The ways He’s everything to me are limitless. (Tweet This!) Here are a few:

Divinity

Jesus is God.
Jesus is God. Without Him I would never know God..

Meaning

The Great I AM
He’s the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega. He’s where I’ve come from and where I’m going.
Without Him I’d be purposeless, rudderless, and joyless. Life would be meaningless.

Vision

I could see nothing at all without Jesus, who is Light.

Beauty

The world would be devoid of fragrance without Jesus.
Life would be tasteless without Him.
I would live in a formless and colorless world if not for Jesus.

Life

I can greet each new day with gratitude. He’s the spring from which it flows.
Without Him death would consume me.
He is my strength and productivity. Without Him I would shrivel up and die.
He is my stability and renewal.
I would starve without Him.
Jesus is my eternity.

My Protector and Provider

Without Him I would be defenseless.
I would be directionless without Jesus, hopelessly lost.
I would be in want without Him. He leads me to green pastures and restores my soul. He is my rest.

All Things to all Men From the Beginning For all Time

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. 

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:1-14

A Simple Prayer

Lord, there’s just something about Your Name. Jesus is the sweetest sound to our ears … taste to our tongues … and fragrance in all the world. We long for you. We praise you. And we speak yours, the sweetest Name in all the world, with all the gratitude our hearts possess. Keep on our knees at Your feet.
~For Jesus sake

2 thoughts on “The Name of Jesus

  1. Marilyn R

    Thankful for the Name of Jesus and the power His Name gives us. A beautiful post, Linda.

     
     
    1. Thank you, Marilyn. You encourage my soul. 🙂

       
       

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Nameless Is Its Name

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth …
Philippians 2:9-10

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Nameless School

Ever feel invisible? Pointless? Nameless?

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How Nameless was named

I have. So has a certain once-upon-a-time Texas community and school.

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Friends of Nameless School – What gracious hostesses

A few days ago I was privileged to attend the Open House of Nameless School, the original school house in the once-upon-a-time community of Nameless, on Nameless Road in NW Travis County, Texas.

A group of gracious ladies, Friends of Nameless School, who adopted the 1909 one-room school house, hosted an open house to introduce the public to the historical site. The most unusual label has, as you might imagine, a colorful story. The Texas historical marker above explains. 

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The school was in operation from 1909-1945.

When my husband I traveled to the site, we were relieved when we found the sign labeled Nameless Road  and then the school: Nameless.

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Old fashioned persuasion

The Friends of Nameless School wore names badges.  I scribbled my signature inside the book cover. The guests introduced themselves, and so did I–by using our names.  And folks all over the place called one another by name

Matter of fact, I chose Ella Jane for the heroine of The Calling of Ella McFarland to honor my maternal grandmother, Ella Jane. Because she left a name worthy of a great-great-granddaughter–my granddaughter, Ella Jane. 

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The original Ella Jane and one of her namesakes, Ella Jane McFarland. (The other namesake is my granddaughter.) 

Which reminds me that God doesn’t leave His children nameless. In fact, He values names. Adam and Eve and all their descendants have worn names, some chosen by God, others for the meaning behind them. God ordained a long list of names for Jesus, each of them chosen to convey his role and place in believers’ hearts. 

Thankfully, no one who has chosen kinship with the Lord Jesus Christ has to worry about namelessness. On the final day, we won’t be called Nameless; God’s name will be written across our foreheads. (Revelation 22:4). And the names of the saved will be written in the Book of Life. (Revelation 21:27)

Without Jesus I would be nameless. (Tweet That!) With Him I will have the Name Above All Names written on my forehead. And my name will be written in the Book of Life. 

Thank God!

When we feel overlooked or nameless, remind us of these truths, Lord. May anyone who has not yet named Your Name do so today. For Jesus’ sake

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